Tri Counties bank in Nevada City robbed |

Tri Counties bank in Nevada City robbed

A Nevada City bank was robbed late Friday morning by a man who escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Tri Counties Bank, in the 300 block of Railroad Avenue, reported the robbery at 11:38 a.m.

The suspect approached the closest teller to the door, said Nevada City Police Chief Tim Foley. He reportedly produced a demand note, but did not display a weapon.

“The teller pulled out a wad of cash and started counting it out for him.” Foley said, adding, “She was trying to stall for time, but he got nervous.”

The robber demanded she just give him the money and left on foot, Foley said.

He was last seen heading to the back of the building, toward Prospect Street.

The bank robber was described as a white man, approximately 30 years old, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-11. He was wearing jean or denim mechanics overalls with long sleeves, with a black and maroon hoodie underneath that with the hood pulled over his head. Under the hoodie, he was wearing a black baseball cap, and had on dark sunglasses, black surgical gloves and grey tennis shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Holdcroft at 530-265-2626.

This is the third time in a little more than two years that Tri Counties branch has been robbed.

The branch tends to be a favored target for bank robberies because it provides easy access to the freeway and yet it is somewhat secluded and away from heavy pedestrian traffic, Foley said.

In June 2014, a robber successfully stole more than $13,000 from that bank after unsuccessfully casing a Grass Valley bank earlier that day. Tellers at the Bank of the West on Brunswick Drive called Grass Valley Police to report a suspicious man, who came into the bank wearing a painter’s mask. His behavior led staff to ask him to leave, and he fled.

The same man then robbed Tri Counties Bank, getting cash from all three tellers. The man, dubbed the “Bad Breath Bandit” for his use of a disposable paper face mask during the commission of each of the robberies, was also being sought for a September 2014 bank robbery in Los Molinos, in Tehama County, and in November 2014 in Durham, near Chico.

In April 2015, Tri Counties bank was robbed by a man with a handgun.

The suspect was described as between the ages of 20 and 40, with blonde to reddish hair, slender build, and between 5-foot-8 and 6 feet tall. The robber was described as wearing a blue or purple button-down shirt and tan or khaki pants, and had a black ski mask on. The man, who was reported to have a handgun and was said to be carrying a black backpack, fled on foot toward Pioneer Park.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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